UK Football

UK's Locke gauging NFL Draft status

Kentucky junior running back Derrick Locke has submitted paperwork to the NFL Draft Advisory Board to get an idea of his prospects for the 2010 draft, Coach Rich Brooks said Friday.

The 5-foot-9, 190-pound Locke overcame a devastating knee injury suffered midway through the 2008 season to rank second in the SEC in all-purpose yards at 150.9 per game this season.

Locke led UK in rushing with 843 yards, caught 25 passes for 254 yards and led the SEC and ranked eighth nationally in kickoff returns with a 29.6-yard average.

Brooks said Locke is the only UK underclassman who is testing his draft status. Last year UK underclassmen Trevard Lindley, Micah Johnson and Jeremy Jarmon had their draft status evaluated before ultimately staying in school. Jarmon was later ruled ineligible by the NCAA for testing positive for a banned substance.